Wouldn’t the world be a better place if everyone knew how to apologize?

In How to Apologize by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka, the title says it all in this young picture book from the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award–winning creators of See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog.

It is a humorous guidebook full of practical tips about when, why, and how to say you’re sorry. From a porcupine who accidentally popped his friend’s balloon to a snail who was running so fast he stepped on a sloth’s toes, hilarious examples and sweet illustrations abound. 

The book includes humorous illustrations and scenarios that range from relatable to absurd. As we all know, saying you’re sorry is rarely easy or comfortable but having a humorous yet sincere guide like this that boils the art of the apology down the essentials makes it harder to make excuses…and easier to just do it.

For both listeners who are just learning and older readers who need a refresher, this book will come as a welcome reminder that apologizing doesn’t have to be complicated.

Say Kirkus Reviews, “Children and adults alike can see themselves in both the aggrieved party and the wrongdoer, all presented with understanding and compassion. Equally useful as a lesson on social-emotional dynamics and as a story, this book has a place on every shelf.”

From School Library Journal: “Straightforward text combined with funny illustrations make for an instructive primer on how to apologize. Children will delight in the hilarious animal antics while absorbing the explanatory lesson without didacticism.

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David LaRochelle is a recipient of the Sid Fleischman Humor Award and the author of many books for young readers, including Isle of You, illustrated by Jaime Kim, and the 2021 Geisel Award winner See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka. David LaRochelle is very sorry that he stole his sister’s diary and read it to his next-door neighbor when he was ten years old. You’ll find him repentant and living in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Mike Wohnoutka has illustrated more than twenty books for young readers, including the 2021 Geisel Award winner See The Cat: Three Stories About a Dog and the ALA Notable Book Moo!, both written by David LaRochelle. He is also the author-illustrator of several picture books, including the Croc & Turtle series. Mike Wohnoutka sincerely apologizes for pouring an entire carton of milk down the air vents of his third-grade classroom. He and his family have no regrets about living in Minneapolis.